Stanley Beck, a former chairman of the Ontario Securities Commission, has been named chairman of Hollinger Inc., the holding company that was once a cornerstone of Conrad Black’s newspaper empire.
Beck’s appointment follows the resignation of Joseph Wright from the board.
Toronto-based Hollinger’s main asset is 66.8 percent voting power over Hollinger International, the Chicago-based publishing company formerly controlled by Black. Hollinger International owns the Chicago Sun-Times and a number of community newspapers near Chicago.
Black has been ousted from the company following accusations that he and associates looted millions of dollars from its coffers. He has denied any wrongdoing and is fighting criminal charges in the United States.
Beck is an authority on governance and corporate law, as well as a director of several public companies who has served as dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.